If you would like to host a fringe event at this year’s Annual Meeting, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange for details to be advertised to delegates. Fringe events can be hosted on Tuesday 15th December, or at lunchtimes during the Annual Meeting.
Palaeoethics Workshop - Tuesday 15th December
The Association is hosting an afternoon workshop on Palaeoethics, discussing issues in palaeontology from fieldwork to collections and publication. This is a free event, open to all, regardless of whether you are signed up to the Annual Meeting. More information can be found online: https://event.webinarjam.com/register/109/pyy6xf3y.
The Palaeovision Fossil Contest - Friday 18th December
To bring us all together in these difficult times, this year’s Annual Meeting will end with The Palaeovision Fossil Contest, an online, interactive, international competition to decide the Annual Meeting’s favourite fossil for 2020.
We are seeking entries from groups of palaeontologists to represent their institution and submit a fun engaging video (up to 3 minutes in length) making the case as to why their chosen fossil should be crowned champion for 2020. The event, broadcast live from the OUMNH and beginning at 19.30 GMT, will feature all the video entries, a number of interval ‘acts’ and will be followed by the voting. Firstly we will go live to each competing institution, to collect the points from their juries, then we will announce the public vote gathered from all those attending that evening, before finally revealing who has won what might be the most important competition of the year.
Competing institutions can be anything from university research groups, to museums, fossil sites or other groups of palaeontologists. All you need is a thirst for your fossil to win! You may choose to fly the flag for a newly named taxon, or celebrate a specimen with longstanding ties to your work – either way, may the best fossil win! Limited spaces are available, so please confirm your group’s entry by e-mailing email@example.com with your chosen fossil as soon as possible, and not later than 30th November. Your video entry should be submitted by 11th December.
What will be this year’s favourite fossil be? YOU DECIDE. We look forward to welcoming you online at 19.30 GMT on Friday 18th December.
Throughout the Annual Meeting the Oxford University Museum of Natural History will be running a number of virtual field-trips, using material from our extensive collections to guide delegates around a number of otherwise inaccessible localities from around the world. These events will be advertised to all delegates and will not require separate registration.